Unifor Nursing Week 2023 Statement

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Celebrating Nursing Week

As we celebrate Nurses Week 2023, we take a moment to recognize and appreciate the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of nurses across Canada.

Unifor represents 4,000 Registered or Licensed Practical Nurses (RPNs/LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RN) who work in hospitals, private and municipal long-term care homes.

Now, more than ever, we have come to realize the critical role that nurses play in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

Nurses are at the frontlines of our healthcare system, providing vital care to patients in hospitals, long-term care homes, and clinics. They work tirelessly, often sacrificing their own well-being to care for others. They are the ones who provide comfort and support to patients and their families during some of the most challenging times in their lives.

Nurses are vital to our healthcare system, but they are also undervalued and overworked. They face long hours, stressful working conditions, and often inadequate resources.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted these challenges and put a spotlight on the urgent need to address them.

Conservative governments are constantly finding new ways to attack the public system and move to privatize our health care system. From Premier Danielle Smith’s open comments on user premiums to Premier Doug Ford’s wage restricting Bill 124 Unifor continues to work with labour unions and health care coalitions to fight back.

Our collective action resulted in a ruling by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that Premier Ford’s Bill 124 unduly infringes on workers’ rights. This victory was hard-won, meanwhile further demonstrating the power that we have as union activists.

With this win behind us, there is much more work to be done.

The fight to keep our healthcare sector public will be a focal point for the union in the coming year. Rallies, town halls, and community actions are being organized throughout the country.

As a union we recognize the incredible contributions of nurses and stand in solidarity with them. We are committed to fighting for better working conditions, fair wages, and improved access to resources, training, and support for nurses. We know that investing in nurses is essential to the health and well-being of our communities across the country.

As we celebrate Nurses Week 2023, let us all take a moment to thank the nurses in our lives and to reflect on how we can support and advocate for them.

Together, we can create a better, more equitable healthcare system for everyone.

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